This postcard is not the type that I usually collect. I bought it mainly because I was interested in the message written on the front of the card that mentions exchanging cards and Velox (a photographic paper used for real photo postcards).
I like Velox cards very much and would be glad to keep exchanging with you.S. S. Wineman
This postcard also happens to be older than most postcards I have found, because postcard collecting was not yet very widespread in the United States.
When I bought this postcard a few years ago, there was a whole group of postcards addressed to H. D. Baldwin of Hampton, Iowa. I Googled both H. D. Baldwin and S. S. Wineman (the sender of the card) this week after I decided to post this card for Sepia Saturday. I discovered both names listed in the Philatelic West journal of 1904 that was digitized by Google. Philatelic West claimed to be the largest collector's monthly of America.
S. S. Wineman of Oxnard, California is listed as member 78 of Union Souvenir Card Exchange. H. D. Baldwin of Hampton, Iowa is listed as member 86 of American Souvenir Card Exchange Club and was also a member of American Camera Club Exchange. The American Souvenir Card Exchange was consolidated with the The Union to become The Union Souvenir Card Exchange which was organized April, 1904 as a "world wide society for active postcard collectors."
Surprisingly, I was able to see a postcard on eBay that was sent by H. D. Baldwin to a different collector, also in April, 1904. That postcard has a photo of the Court House in Hampton, Iowa (I wonder whether this was the same card sent to S. S. Wineman). I am showing the message section from the front of the card and the sender's stamps from the back. Baldwin included a membership number of the Globe Souvenir Card Exchange that was another card exchange group for American and foreign collectors.
Both Wineman and Baldwin were quite young in 1904. The full names of these collectors were Samuel S. Wineman (born 1889) and Harold Dudley Baldwin (born 1884).
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